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Register by February 25 for UM’s Day of Service

DayofServiceRevitalizing a community and making a difference for children are some of the ways we can help transform lives. On Friday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UM faculty and staff can volunteer for the University of Miami’s Day of Service, hosted in partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative, at the Charles R. Drew K-8 Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Miami’s Liberty City.

In advance of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Day of Action taking place on March 8, UM volunteers will begin preparations for CGI U Day of Action projects, which include refurbishing  play areas, building shade gazebos, and updating the school’s murals. Shuttles will leave the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., respectively. Event T-shirts and lunch will be provided. As a bonus, participants will also receive two tickets to attend the Opening Plenary Session of the CGI U 2015 Meeting at the BankUnited Center featuring President Bill Clinton on Friday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Register online by February 25 at one of the links below.

If taking the shuttle at the medical campus: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/um-day-of-service-miller-school-pick-up-location-tickets-15757631500

If taking the shuttle at the Coral Gables campus: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/um-day-of-service-coral-gables-pick-up-location-tickets-15757765902

For more information, email userv@miami.edu.

 

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TeamUM’s United Way Campaign Surpasses $1 Million Again

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 12, 2015) – Demonstrating the power of philanthropy, faculty and staff contributed their time, talent, and treasure to propel the University through one of its most successful United Way campaigns, raising more than $1 million for the charitable organization that works to improve the lives of Miami-Dade’s citizens.

Through the diligent effort of dedicated ambassadors who coordinated the 2014 campaign at the grassroots level, more than 3,900 faculty and staff participated, raising $1.16 million—up from the previous campaign that brought in $1.13 million.

“I would like to thank our wonderful ambassadors and each and every one of our employees who participated in a fundraising event, or made a payroll pledge, or gave a one-time gift,” said Larry Marbert, UM’s vice president for real estate and facilities, who chaired the University’s 2014 campaign. “Every contribution makes a difference, and it was an honor to play a small role in helping the U deliver once again.”

This year, Marbert said he hopes to improve on employee participation, which declined somewhat from last year. He added that his team “will work to engage more participants.”

Aside from being successful, the 2014 campaign was fun, with a variety of innovative events and fundraisers. They included the Dunk Tank, Candy Grams, Coin Wars, Hoop it Up, Crazy Hat, pictures with Sebastian, Taste of UM, and Flick Football, to name a few.

One of only a handful of local institutions to consistently exceed the $1 million mark, UM has supported the United Way for nearly 40 years, enhancing countless lives through a host of programs aimed at improving education, financial stability, and health.

View the campaign summary report.

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Cyclists Hit the Streets for a Wheel Good Cause—Fighting Cancer

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (February 8, 2015)—The pain shooting down Celia Schieffelin’s left ankle was only a minor distraction. Inspired by the courageous battle her mother fought but ultimately lost against cancer, the 19-year-old University of Miami student seemed impervious to just about anything during a 25-mile bike ride from Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

But Schieffelin didn’t complete the marathon-length journey to shine a spotlight on herself. “It’s about the cause,” she said.

Schieffelin was one of the more than 2,700 cyclists who took to the streets February 7-8 for Dolphins Cycling Challenge V. The two-day charity event, which culminated Sunday with hundreds of cyclists riding to Sun Life Stadium, raises funds for the lifesaving treatment and research programs of UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Former Miami Dolphins tight end Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich helped start the fundraiser five years ago while he was battling bile duct cancer, a disease that took his life in April 2011 at the age of 62. The event, which features rides of various lengths over three counties, has raised close to $10 million since it began in 2010, with more than $3.4 million being raised for this year’s DCC.

Several UM employees and students rode as members of Team Sylvester. Schieffelin formed her own team. “We all feel very strongly and passionate about wiping out cancer, and that’s why we united to form Team Barb,” she said, referring to the group of cyclists she organized to honor her late mother, Barbara Burg, and raise funds for Sylvester’s research initiatives.

On Sunday, Schieffelin crossed the finish line about two hours after she departed Fort Lauderdale—other members of Team Barb riding alongside her or following closely behind. Wearing hot pink jerseys with the slogan “Team Barb: Family Is Forever” on the front, they included Schieffelin’s aunts and uncles, who flew in from New York to ride with her, as well as fellow UM students and a group of friends who traveled from California. Thirty-two riders strong, Team Barb has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

It was Schieffelin’s second DCC. She rode in DCC IV in November 2013 as a freshman, completing a 13-mile ride even as her mother battled colorectal cancer that had spread to other parts of her body. The finance and management major almost missed this year’s ride, tearing two ligaments in her left ankle last semester. But the injury, while not completely healed, improved enough so that she could train on a stationary bike to prepare for the event.

Like Schieffelin, Lynette Estrada’s reason for riding hits close to home. Her teenage son, Lucas, in addition to having autism, has battled brain cancer for most of his life. “We draw strength from each other,” said Estrada. “Despite his autism, he understands why I ride. When I tell him or remind him, he answers, ‘Oh yeah!’ And he puts up both fists as if he’s fighting someone. Lucas is my biggest fan.”

Lucas came down with a persistent cough days before the DCC. So instead of riding the 72-mile “Perfect Season Ride” from West Palm Beach to Miami, as she had planned, Estrada hooked up her Specialized road bike to a trainer and pedaled for five hours inside her home on Sunday, stopping only for water breaks and to administer medication to her son.

It was Joe Natoli’s fourth Dolphins Cycling Challenge. UM’s senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer rode 170 miles—from Sun Life Stadium to West Palm Beach on Saturday, with the return ride on Sunday. He called Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center “a hugely important community asset.”

“It needs to be—and is on its way to being—one of the finest cancer centers in the world,” said Natoli. “The DCC, by providing significant funds for unrestricted cancer research, addresses one of the most critical needs for achieving world-class status. I’m thrilled with the growth in the DCC over its first five years, but we have just scratched the surface of its potential—and Sylvester’s potential for greatness.”

Among the other prominent riders: Stuart A. Miller, chairman of the UM Board of Trustees; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth; and Stephen D. Nimer, director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This year’s event included a 5K run/walk, held in the early-morning hours on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium before the cyclists started to arrive.

 

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Santa’s Sporty Elves Help Kids Give an allCanes Christmas

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

Thirty-seven children were invited on a shopping spree at allCanes.

A record 37 children took part in the allCanes shopping spree.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 15, 2014)—Santa and his elves had a little extra help from Sebastian the Ibis and the University of Miami family Monday night. UM athletics personnel, including Director of Athletics Blake James, men’s basketball head coach Jim Larrañaga, women’s tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, men’s tennis coach Mario Rincon, and several UM cheerleaders teamed with coaches’ wives and UM family volunteers to help underprivileged children shop for holiday presents for their families at allCanes.

A record 37 children from the local Police Athletic League, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Bryan Pata Foundation were treated to pizza, crepes, cookies, and other goodies before Santa gave each of them an allCanes gift card loaded with $95.The amount was chosen, explained Edrick Pata of the Bryan Pata Foundation, to commemorate his brother Bryan, a slain UM football player who wore No. 95 during his UM career. Edrick, their mother Jeanette, and Bryan’s two sisters attended the shopping spree.

Former NBC 6 anchor and proud UM alumnus Tony Segreto, who participates in the event every year, emceed the evening. “My ties to UM will be forever, and [allCanes manager] Harry [Rothwell] is a dear friend, but it’s the cause, the looks on the kids’ faces, hearing who they want to shop for. It took a millisecond to say yes because it’s the right thing to do.”

Before the shopping started, Edrick Pata urged the kids to “excel in everything you do, academically, athletically, in whatever you do.”

A couple of the kids were able to shop with a genuine Miami Hurricane. DeMarcus Van Dyke, who played for the ’Canes through 2010, was in town and answered the allCanes call for volunteers. “We are family at Miami,” he said. “Anytime I’m needed, I’m there—whatever I can do to help the kids.”

Van Dyke said he was initially a little intimidated when he met Bryan Pata during his senior year of high school, but found him to be “the nicest guy in the world.”

Kelly James, wife of Blake James, joined other coaches’ wives, including Kelly Golden, Al Golden’s wife; Kenia Coley, offensive coordinator James Coley’s wife; Amber Carroll, wide receivers coordinator Brennan Carroll’s wife; Tawny Brown, linebackers coach Hurlie Brown’s wife; Shakeira Scott, tight ends coach Larry Brown’s wife; and Liz Larrañaga, Jim Larrañaga’s wife, in helping the children pick presents for their families.

“It was awesome!” said Liz Larrañaga, who took part in the special night for the first time. “The children are respectful and so appreciative and it’s nice to see them smile. It’s always a good thing when everyone is smiling!”

Harry Rothwell, manager of allCanes, said the evening marked the 14th year that allCanes has given back to the community in this way. “Once people volunteer at this event, they keep doing it. It makes you feel good, and who doesn’t love that?”

To fund the festivities, allCanes absorbs some costs directly, sells $5 donation stockings, and involves corporate partners. This year, UHealth, Milam’s Supermarkets, Flanigan’s, The Big Cheese, and The Crepe Maker all contributed to the evening’s success.

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UM Women’s Commission Drive to Help Safe Space

The UM Women’s Commission is once again sponsoring a drive to collect donations for Safe Space, a shelter for women escaping from domestic violence. Suggested items include gently used clothing, toiletries, gift cards, baby products and unwrapped toys for children. Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 15 Collection boxes can be found at the following locations: University Center lobby, Ashe Building lobby, Herbert Wellness Center atrium, Newman Alumni Center (2nd floor break room), and Gables One Tower, Suite 1050. A collection box is also located in the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center lobby on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

If you have any questions, email Patty Swift at pswift@miami.edu.

 

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